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Owner fined after apartment building tenants placed at risk

November 6, 2019 9:21 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

An apartment building in Red Deer serves as a reminder to property owners to ensure the safety of tenants by complying with the Fire Code and the Safety Codes Act.

According to Red Deer Emergency Services, the owner of an apartment building located at 5903 55 Avenue failed to ensure the fire alarm system was maintained at all times and inspected and tested annually.

The owner’s neglect of the fire alarm system left residents of the building at risk for more than eight months before the system was inspected and repaired to working condition. A fire alarm system provides early detection in the event of an emergency and gives people time to safely exit a building. A functioning fire alarm system is extremely important in apartment buildings where people are counting on it to detect smoke and fire and alert them to evacuate before it’s too late.

The owner pleaded guilty to two offences under the Safety Codes Act and received a fine of $7,500 for each infraction, for a total of $15,000.

The maximum fine under the Safety Codes Act is $100,000 for each offense and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.

Owners are reminded to maintain their fire protection devices as required. Fire protection devices such as fire alarm and sprinkler systems, special suppression systems in restaurants and portable extinguishers are important life safety devices to protect property, persons, and fire fighters.

Business owners are encouraged to contact the Fire Prevention Bureau (prevention@reddeer.ca) if they have any questions regarding their responsibilities.

 

For more information, please contact:

Wes Van Bavel
Fire Marshal                         
Emergency Services                     
The City of Red Deer                                 
403-356-2457

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

 

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